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Noted neurosurgeon and author Milton D. Heifetz has made the tough decisions in tragic, often anguishing situations. As a member of hospital ethics committees for many years, Dr. Heifetz found that discussions of complex issuesmany involving urgent matters of life and deathwere all too often clouded by tradition, dogma, and gut reactions. A comprehensive moral foundation with the flexibility to respond to often rapidly changing circumstances is desperately needed if health-care professionals are to confront head-on the daily questions of medical ethics. Dr. Heifetz offers this moral grounding to help all who must make difficult medical choices: physicians, nurses, patients, families, and policy makers struggling to develop substantive rules for medical conduct.
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|1||A Concept of Ethics||17|
|2||General Problems in Application||39|
|3||The Doctor-Patient Relationship||45|
|4||The Right of Self-Determination||71|
|7||The Tragic Newborn||143|
|10||The Ethics of Medical Triage: Allocation and Rationing of Health Care||197|
|App. A||Discussion of Mastery||215|
|App. B||Discussion of Privacy||219|
|App. C||Example of Durable Power of Attorney||225|
|App. D||Recommendations Regarding Fetal Research||227|
|App. E||The Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research||233|
|App. F||The Foundation of Human Rights||251|